Indian wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal marked his return to the playing XI after skipper Virat Kohli decided to give Kuldeep Yadav a rest and try some different combinations in the series-deciding ODI against Australia. The wrist-spinner went on to produce a memorable performance as he bagged his best figures in the format (6/42) to restrict the hosts for just 230 runs. With such figures, Chahal became the first spinner ever to take a six-for in the 50-over format in Australia. En route to his best-ever performance in an ODI, Chahal registered his name on the record books for several other reasons.
1. Chahal is only the second cricketer to bag a 6-wicket haul in both the ODI and the T20I format. Other than him, Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis has done so.
2. Chahal is joint second in the list of best bowling figures for an Indian against Australia in ODIs. Murali Kartik leads the list for his 6/27 against the Aussies in 2007. Chahal's 6/24 puts him level with Agarkar who had the same figures in MCG back in 2004.
3. Chahal is only the 8th spinner to have bagged a five-for in ODIs in Australia. He joins the elite list of bowlers including big names like Shane Warne, Abdul Qadir, Saqlain Mushtaq and more.
A Qadir v Aus, MCG, 1984
R Shastri v Aus, Perth, 1991
S Warne v WI, SCG, 1996
S Mushtaq v Aus, Adelaide, 1996
J Adams v Pak, Adelaide, 1996
B Hogg v WI, MCG, 2005
I Tahir v WI, SCG, 2015
Y Chahal v Aus, MCG, 2019
4. Chahal might not have been playing in the Indian jersey for long but is the only Indian spinner to take two fifers outside the country in the One Day format.
5. After the current head coach Ravi Shastri, Chahal is the only spinner to have bagged 4 or more wickets in Australia in an ODI. Shastri had done so in 1991 in Perth.
6. Chahal is also 7th Indian bowler to have bagged 6 wickets in an ODI. Stuart Binny holds the record of best figures with his 6 for 4 runs against Bangladesh in 2014. Anil Kumble, Ashish Nehra, Kuldeep Yadav, Murali Kartik, Ajit Agarkar, have all bagged 6-fers in the format for India before.